The Speaker of the House of Representatives Mr Femi Gbajabiamila, says it is not fashionable to expect the Federal Government to fund political parties at this critical period of Nigeria’s democratic advancement.
He, stated this, when he received a delegation of the Inter Party Advisory Council (IPAC) at the National Assembly.
Mr Gbajabiamila noted that using government money to run the parties was an indirect invitation for it to assume control of the political parties by dictating choices and policies that might be in conflict with the tenets of democracy.
The Speaker, who argued that the international best practice was for parties to be self-funded, added that using government’s money would also lead to the proliferation of political parties.
According to him, people would simply abuse the process by registering hundreds of political parties in the hope of cashing out on free government money.
Gbajabiamila, also reacted to requests for fresh amendments to the Electoral Act 2022, saying making new amendments to the law this period could disorganise election planning, create unnecessary tension in the polity and raise credibility questions.
The IPAC National Chairman, Yabagi Sani, told the Speaker the purpose of their visit was to seek synergy and a good working relationship between IPAC and the National Assembly.
Writing Ibrahim Shehu; editing by Hadiza Abdulrahman